Justin Pipe is through to his first major semi-final after beating Mervyn King 10-7 in the Cash Converters Players Championship this afternoon.
Pipe will now play Belgian youngster Kim Huybrechts in the semis this evening in front of 4,000 fans at the Butlins Minehead resort.
Pipe's previous quarter-final appearances in the World Grand Prix and Matchplay ended in defeats, and 'The Force' from North Curry near Taunton said he's learned from those experiences.
"I've learned how to pace myself," he said. "I've also learned how to focus. I'm learning all the time.
"I think that puts me up to ninth in the world now, so I'm in to single digits before I go to the Worlds and I am over the moon with that."
Pipe dropped the first leg when King nailed a D18, but won the next three legs to lead 3-1.
King kept with Pipe and twice reduced the deficit to one leg, but missed a bullseye to complete a 125 finish and level things up at 4-4. Instead, Pipe hit the same bed for a 126 checkout to break throw and lead 5-3.
In the ninth leg, Pipe started with a 140 and followed with a 180 before winning on D8 for 6-3.
After that, King never got closer than two legs to the Somerset man, who hit D18 to check out on 61 and clinch a place in his first ever major semi-final.